IDEAS Guide for small media and communications projects

IDEAS Guide for small media and communications projects


TITLE: IDEAS Guide for small media and communications projects IDEAS is an acronym for Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying at a Small scale for media and communication projects So that tells us a lot about the intention of the guide. In that it is really helping innovative learning based approaches to build an evaluation design into the process of designing a project so that the two are really working together. What was lacking, there was a void, this void which we believe the IDEAS Guide the Facilitators’ Guide fills. It offers those who are not accustomed to piecing proposals for donors on a regular basis. This IDEAS Guide offers them an opportunity on how to do it like a text book. And it guides them through it. Makes it a lot easier and it stops for want of a better word, development partners or donors from trying to influence some of the ideas and some of the home grown talent. It offers them an opportunity to do something for themselves. It builds their capacity and they don’t have to rely on an external consultant to come in and charge them top dollar to put together their ideas. And I think that’s important. So there are ten modules in the IDEAS Guide And they start to thinking about your project through to who is coming along, what questions you need to ask. And how you may answer your evaluation questions. And all of them are designed to be quite hands on encourage discussion and negotiation. The thing is in development, you know so often there is sort of this parachute that lands they do their little development project and their gone and there is no sort of long lasting impact. But if we took this tool out, we would find out what people wanted. We would find out what they were prepared to do and if they even needed help. The way that it has been framed, the IDEAS Guide is like Here take this, share it, do what you want with it, adapt it. Looking back at our project if there had been more monitoring and evaluation and smaller steps then we wold have caught some of the I guess fail points along the way. I think we would have asked more questions how might we fail And that is a really good question when you are going somewhere new. So I think as, maybe like a facilitation, community consultation sort of diagnostic tool I think its got, I would be using this next year! Music Credits